At least 717 people have been crushed to death and hundreds of others hurt in a stampede of pilgrims in one of
the worst incidents in years to hit the Muslim Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s civil defence service said rescue
operations were under way after the stampede in Mina, where almost two million pilgrims were taking part in the
last major rite of the Hajj.
Pictures showed a horrific scene, with scores of bodies – the men dressed in the simple terry cloth garments worn
during Hajj – lying amid crushed wheelchairs and water bottles along a sunbaked street.